1. FSV Mainz 05

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The first step on a long journey

Whether it was the coach, the board or the fans – the relief was visible across all those supporting the Royal Blues. And the players knew exactly who they needed to thank after their crucial 1-0 win over Mainz on Saturday.

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“I’m not known for my heading ability!”

Domenico Tedesco seemed more at ease at the press conference after Schalke beat Mainz 1-0. FSV head coach, Sandro Schwarz, on the other hand, was annoyed that his team failed to take a point which he felt would have been deserved. Goalscorer Alessandro Schöpf and his teammate Guido Burgstaller joked about the former's winning goal.

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S04 convincingly win 1-0 at home to Mainz

The wait is finally over! FC Schalke 04 celebrated their first win of the season on Saturday with a 1-0 home victory over Mainz. Alessandro Schöpf headed home the only goal of the game in the 11th minute. S04 received ferocious support from the home crowd in the VELTINS-Arena.

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“We can’t wait to pay back the fans’ trust”

After the defeat in Freiburg, Schalke 04 will take on 1. FSV Mainz 05 at home on Saturday (29/09, 15:30 CEST). Head coach Domenico Tedesco is “confident that the side will end their poor run of form and will take their first Bundesliga points of the season.”

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Christian Heidel: It’s all about fighting

Schalke worked hard for three points in Christian Heidel’s home town. We spoke to Schalke’s sporting director as well as Leon Goretzka and Daniel Caligiuri after full-time.

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Domenico Tedesco: The game could have panned out very differently

Domenico Tedesco was honest after the final whistle in Mainz: the win was a lucky one. We noted down what he and his opposite number, Sandro Schwarz, had to say about the game.

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Caligiuri’s wonder goal makes the difference in Mainz

On Friday night, Schalke won 1-0 in Mainz and celebrated their fourth successive Bundesliga win. In the Opel Arena, Daniel Caligiuri’s second half strike split the two sides. Schalke’s win means they are guaranteed to finish matchday 26 in second place.

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Christian Heidel: I don’t have to give the coach any pointers

Christian Heidel was the sporting director at 1. FSV Mainz 05 for almost 25 years. “It means it’s not a normal game for me,” said the 54-year-old who has been the Knappen's sporting director since the end of May 2016.

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Domenico Tedesco: Forget about the league table in Mainz

With three wins on the bounce pushing them on, Schalke head to Mainz. The game against the relegation-threatened Zerofivers kicks off at 20:30 CET this Friday. Domenico Tedesco is expecting to face a “tough opponent who will play full of passion”.

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Leon Goretzka: A big step

Two wins in a row have moved Schalke into fourth place. We noted the reaction after Schalke’s 2-0 win against 1. FSV Mainz 05.

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Domenico Tedesco: We’re fully focused on the Mainz game

Schalke 04 and Mainz 05 will get matchday 9 underway on Friday (20th October) at 20:30 CEST. Schalke sporting director Christian Heidel was Director of Football for the Zerofivers from 1992 until 2016. “It’s always strange to play against Mainz,” reveals the 54-year-old.